What you need to know
Update (October 4, 10:20AM ET): The public preview isn’t actually running today. We paraphrased the language in the article to reflect this. Sorry for the confusion.
Update (October 5th, 8:50AM ET): Added information on how to sign up for Public Preview for Android devices.
- The new Google Home app redesign will be available in the coming weeks for users who want to test it out in a public preview.
- The all-new user interface is fully customizable and includes useful new tabs to access important areas, such as automation, more quickly.
- Google is implementing Matter Fast Pair, making Google Home available on Wear OS and the web, and migrating important Nest Camera features from the Nest app.
The last time Google launched a complete redesign of its smart home-focused Google Home app, it met with a mixed reception. While some users enjoyed the simplicity and clarity of the UI elements, others were angry at the way it organizes information and oversimplified many tasks.
No matter which camp you’re in, the new Google Home app redesign for fall 2022 should check most (if not all) the right boxes this time around. If you have an Android phone with Google Home app installed, click this link (Opens in a new tab) From your phone and you should be taken to a registration page to be notified when a preview is available. Some iOS users who were previously enrolled in the Google Home app beta programs have already received the new Preview program user interface.
If you really feel the experience, Mirror APK (Opens in a new tab) It has an early “beta” design for the new app that can be downloaded and installed, but be warned. This was an early release that was accidentally pushed into a larger test suite and contains a number of bugs and performance issues.
First and foremost is the new UI, which takes some design cues from the previous rebuild and finally gets rid of all the excess white space. In its place is a customizable grid of controls that can be rearranged and grouped according to what is most important to you. Google calls these groups Spaces, and they can be used to group The best smart home devices (Opens in a new tab) By room, category, or something more random like “cat,” which Google says can contain pet cameras, cat feeder, vacuum cleaner, and air purifiers.
All live camera streams and lamp controls can now be located on the home page, giving you an instant look at the most important parts of your smart home just by opening the app. Google also says it’s finally brought much-requested Nest Cam features from the old dedicated Nest app to Google Home as well, including an all-new camera user interface with better timeline filtering, event management, and more.
Second, the new navigation bar is at the bottom, with important sections placed front and center. No more digging through rows of icons to see where routines have gone and the like, everything will eventually be organized into logical sections arranged in one click (no scrolling).
Automation is also getting a huge upgrade this time around, including support for more devices than ever before. Google says it’s also working on launching advanced automation features in the near future, including a new text editor that adds more than 100 new features and capabilities to Google’s already powerful automation routines. The goal here is to eliminate the need for as many third-party apps as possible, keeping everything under one roof once and for all.
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New devices brought into your home, especially those that support issue (Opens in a new tab) protocol, it will be able to quickly pair with the new Google Home app with a single click. This means no more downloading each manufacturer’s app, setting up an account, associating it with that app, and then trying to link it as well to your Google Home. With just one click from Google Home, you are done. And since this happens entirely through the Google Home app rather than at the operating system level, Google says billions of Android devices are instantly able to quickly pair with Matter devices as of this latest update.
Finally, Google Home will finally be available on more screens than just your smartphone or Google Nest smart display. As of this update, the new Wear OS Google Home app is finally available (although limited to Wear OS 3), and Google Home can also be accessed online from any device via Google Home (Opens in a new tab).
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